Su-24 "Fencer"

A Soviet-built supersonic strike aircraft originating from the 1970s, the Sukhoi Su-24, NATO name "Fencer", is arguably the most potent dedicated strike aircraft in Iranian service, with approximately 25 operational of the Su-24MK "Fencer-D" export variety. The majority were acquired during the 1991 Gulf War, when Iraqi's air force fled en masse to Iran, where the latter promptly confiscated their aircraft and pressed many of them into service for their own use.

The two-seater aircraft can carry a wide variety of weaponry, including anti-shipping missiles. A 23mm cannon is fitted as standard and two R-60/AA-8 "Aphid" heat-seeking missiles are generally carried. Capable of high speeds at low level, its fairly low 1,145 knot top speed at altitude isn't needed for its primary job.

Pilot advice

If you can get into firing position on an Su-24, which may involve finding the thing down among the weeds, you can easily take it - it moves like a brick in air-to-air combat.